The Kaduna State Pilgrims Welfare Agency on Tuesday launched a reviewed curriculum (Hajj training manual) and guide for the pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.
The reviewed guide which was published in 2015, while the curriculum, meant for training pilgrims, which was published in 2019 in Hausa, have now both been reviewed in English language.
The review, carried out by a constituted 12-man committee by the Agency, comprised religious clerics and personnel of Immigration, NAFDAC and NDLEA, among others.
Speaking at the preview and launch of the guide and curriculum, the Executive Secretary of the Agency, Dr Yusuf Arrigasiyyu, said the guide would hopefully correct mistakes and ensuring clarity in Hajj performance.
He also said that the reviewed curriculum was to ensure harmony in Hajj, while standing on unambiguous school of thoughts and strict prophetic ideals.
He noted that the Agency would reproduce copies of the work for distribution to prospective pilgrims and pilgrim trainers.
He also noted that the manuals and guide were upgraded in line with global best practices and current knowledge.
“The admitted trainers will then be trained by the commitee before they go on to train intending pilgrims,” he said.
The Executive Secretary thanked the Kaduna state Government for its support to the agency, which he said earned the agency top rating among the best in 2022 Hajj operations.
“The pilgrimage was conducted by the agency successfully, thereby earning certificates of award and appreciation both by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria and Saudi Arabia.
“Efforts of the agency are in line with Gov. El-Rufai’s administration’s drive for a more efficient pilgrimage system in the state,” he said.
He thanked the review committee for the good job, while praying for better leaders to emerge at the helm of affairs of the state and the nation in general.
The Chairperson of the review committee, Dr Hadiza Ahmad, said the previous version of the Hajj guide had grammatical and typological errors.
She opined that the reviewed guide would better equip intending pilgrims on what is expected of them.
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